These are lovely for Shavuot or for entertaining – or just as a nice treat for yourself. A combination of the various garnishes is beautiful, satisfying, filling and low in everything. These can be served with an assortment of fresh-sliced, low-glycemic fruits and vegetables.

Yield: 17 servings

  • 11/2 cups farmer cheese
  • 1/2 cup 5% soft white cheese, or low-fat ricotta (well-drained)
  • 1 cup low-fat grated yellow cheese (muenster, cheddar etc.)
  • 1/4 cup scallions, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce(optional)

Garnishes:

  • 1 tablespoon sweet or sharp paprika
  • ⅓ cup minced dill
  • ⅓ cup minced parsley
  • ⅓ cup roasted nuts, coarsely chopped
  • ⅓ cup roasted sesame seeds

Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Form the mixture into small balls and roll in any or all of the garnishes (see below). Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days. It is not recommended to prepare these in advance and freeze.

Sweet Variation: Omit scallions. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and roll in cinnamon.

Another Variation: For a Chinese twist, use 1 tablespoon light soy sauce instead of the Worcestershire and roll in minced fresh ginger.

Nutrition Facts: Serving size (ball) 1 (oz) 1 (g) 30 Calories 41 Protein (g) 5 Carbs (g) 0.9 Fat (g) 2 Sat. Fat (g) 1.2 Cholesterol (mg) 5 Sodium (mg) 110 Calcium (mg) 96 Fiber (g) 0 Exchanges: Medium-fat protein 1/2